How NOT to burn your house down on Thanksgiving

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Safety should be a top priority during the holiday season. (Source: cristinistor/123RF Stock Photo/ djedzura/123RF Stock Photo Safety should be a top priority during the holiday season. (Source: cristinistor/123RF Stock Photo/ djedzura/123RF Stock Photo
PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) -

If there’s one thing that families participate in on Thanksgiving Day, it’s eating. As you prepare meals for family and friends, the Peoria Fire-Medical Department would like to remind you to stay safe in the kitchen. 

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According to the United States Fire Administration, in 2015 there were more than 1,700 cooking fires on Thanksgiving Day.

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Here are some tips to help keep your family safe this Thanksgiving: 

  • Keep young children at least 3 feet from the stove. 
  • Keep pots and pans on the back burner and turn handles inward. 
  • Check the area around you before you take pots of hot liquid off the stove. 
  • Keep an eye on your food while you cook. 
  • Cooking a turkey overnight is not recommended. 
  • Make sure to keep anything flammable away from the stove. This is an appropriate time to check your smoke detectors and batteries. 
  • If you are frying your turkey, use caution and make sure you follow all safety precautions.
  • Be sure the turkey is completely thawed and dry before placing in the fryer. 
  • Do not overfill the fryer, this can cause the oil to spill and ignite. 
  • Choose a level space outdoors, away from structures and flammable materials. 
  • Finally, keep pets and kids away from the fryer, the oil can stay hot for hours.

Remember…only YOU can prevent cooking-related fires.

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